W. Va. Sen. Jay Rockefeller to retire; Is his seat a possible GOP pickup in 2014?

Another Dem Beltway-clinger is on his way out.

https://twitter.com/SenRockefeller/status/289763110548566016

Five-term Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not seek a sixth term in 2014.

https://twitter.com/mhwray/status/289748925878005762

Is the West Virginia seat in play for the GOP now that Rockefeller is retiring?

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/statuses/289746003400204288

https://twitter.com/lachlan/statuses/289741676828827648

Not everyone thinks this will be an easy win for the GOP.

https://twitter.com/DrewMTips/status/289741448738398208

But many think a GOP pickup is possible.

https://twitter.com/jorgenlien/status/289746235219378176

http://twitter.com/FigDrewton/statuses/289744422529277952

https://twitter.com/a_ryan88/status/289742803276296193

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has already announced her intention to run for the seat.

https://twitter.com/JELester9/status/289743981741477890

https://twitter.com/BenK84/status/289741938796679168

https://twitter.com/JJ_159/status/289747273221550080

But it looks like she’s in for a primary battle:

https://twitter.com/FixAaron/statuses/289749484274077697

https://twitter.com/jimgeraghty/status/289750977366589440

The Senate Conservatives Fund is vowing to find a more conservative option for the race.

We’re not going to stop looking for a conservative challenger in this race until the primary is over. The voters in West Virginia get to decide who represents them and they should have a conservative choice.

One parting message for the GOP:

http://twitter.com/dcseth/statuses/289756833046994944

Update:

Democrat Nick Rahall may throw his hat in the ring.

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/statuses/289765552623325185

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